While most of the media’s coverage is going to to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, a war of ideology is brewing. The cause of this war, DACA and Trump.
President Trump made the controversial move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, also known as DACA. For those of you that don’t know what DACA is DACA provided illegal immigrants that entered country before 2012 a two year renewable permit that grants them immunity from deportation and grants the immigrant a work permit. It is estimated that 800,000 illegal immigrants benefited from this program. As an American latino, this issue effects friends and neighbors. As an American latino I support our president’s decision to end DACA.
I support the ending of DACA for many reasons. The main reason is that DACA is unfair to all immigrants that came legally. As I am latino, my community I am constantly surrounded by latinos that came illegally. I hear crazy stories of people running from the cartel or parents wanting to give a better life for their children. Out of all of neighbors that are latinos, only two came legally.
One of those is a good family friend whose name is Hector. Hector comes from Chile. He wanted to give his family a better life here in the states. He saved money and was able to receive a green card. He soon left his homeland and his family to a foreign land with a foreign language. As he settled down, he got a job bussing tables at Outback. With his bills and cost of living, he would never be able to bring his family up to the states. He decided to pick up a second job. While Hector’s story show the hard work it takes to immigrate to the U.S., I also know of others that were using the DACA program to stay here.
A family that I won’t name came here to the States illegally. They were a young family with a young girl. When the DACA program got implemented, they got the permit for their daughter. That daughter were their “anchor” baby. It was hearing this story that I formed my own opinion of DACA.
Immigrating is a hard topic. It is also a very sensitive subject. Many of my own immigration views come from the fact that I am from an immigrant family. That is why when I see on the news the illegals marching and protesting about why they should not be deported it makes me mad. First, NO ONE is entitled to enter our country. We chose who receives that privilege. The DACA program shows that the United States is open to any immigrants. While we are a country of immigrants, We are a country that supports LEGAL immigration. So to DACA, I say farewell.